Educational Studies in Mathematics

, Volume 13, Issue 2, pp 119–142 | Cite as

A review of research related to the topological primacy thesis

  • Ian Darke


Piaget and Inhelder (1956) claimed that the young child's intrinsic geometry was first of all topological and then, later, projective and Euclidean. This theory has become known as the ‘topological primacy thesis’ and it will be referred to as such throughout this paper. Many researchers have supported the theory, yet a few, like Martin (1976a) and Kapadia (1974), have criticised it. This paper consists of a review of work related to the topological primacy thesis and a critique of some aspects of it.


Young Child Intrinsic Geometry Primacy Thesis Topological Primacy 
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